A Honeymoon In Paris

The wedding was over, the reception spectacular and now the two lovebirds were on their way to the airport.

"Are you ready to see the city of lights and romance, my love?" Sam whispered in her ear.

"As long as I get to see it with you Sam!" Josie whispered her reply, laying her hand over Sam's and giving it a light squeeze!

Sam reached over and kissed her gently on her lips as his hands played with her soft hair. Josie returned the gentle embrace, her hands resting on his chest.

The cab pulled in front of the airport and Sam and Josie grabbed their bags and made their way threw the busy international terminal. Searching for the Air France kiosk, walking side by side, and then Josie said

"There it is Sam, the next one over!"

"Great and look there is no line up, we can go straight to the front."

Walking to the desk, Sam and Josie drop their bags on the conveyor belt. Got their tickets and headed for the terminal.

Once there Sam turned to Josie and kissed her on the cheek. Sitting down he asked.

"Do you want something to drink, Mrs. Coulson?" with a twinkle in his eye.

"A tea would be great Mr. Coulson!" Josie replied teasingly.

"I'll be right back."

A shot time later Sam returned to where Josie was sitting, with a tea and coffee in hand. Quietly he looks over Josie's shoulder to see what she is reading. A wave of joy washes over him as he realizes she is reading one of his favorite plays, The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare.

"If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? "

"Sam!! You startled me!"

"I love that play, you know. The characterization Shakespeare created for Shylock is amazing."

"I know what you mean. When I first read this, I was shocked to see how even though Shylock is considered the villain of the play; Shakespeare still gives him this one compelling speech that gives him the chance to explain to people that just because he is a Jew, an outsider, he is the same as everyone. All he wants is to have people understand that the way he has been treated by society is reprehensible."

"That was one of the first speeches I learned by heart. Most people think that if they know the major speeches they can impress people, but if you take the time to learn a less known speech, then you can take people by surprise. I mean everyone knows the line I just said, but to recite it from To bait fish with all to And I will better the instruction causes most to take note!

"What is your favorite speech Josie?"

"Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love, from Hamlet. It came more true when I realized I was in love with you, when I was forced to lie to the man I loved."

Seeing that Josie was getting upset, Sam kissed her lightly and brushed the hair away from her face. Smiling he held her close and whispered in her ear,

"I love you Josie, I always did, even when I was mad at you."

"I love you too Sam."

"Now boarding flight F903 to Paris."

"Well, off we go me lady!"

Sam said, as he guides her to the door, his right hand resting on the small of Josie's back. With a loving smile, Josie follows his direction her head resting on his shoulder.